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Gorilla Harassment 🦍
Brother Love 👨👦👦
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My love of wild animals was fostered early in my childhood. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom was appointment viewing for my family. I grew up with scenes of hungry cheetahs chasing down baby gazelles that included what’s not included on nature shows today … that moment when the gazelle zigs and the cheetah zigs, leading to no more zags for the former and a full belly for the latter.
So into the animal kingdom was my Father Dearest that, when he explained the birds and the bees to me, he did so using fish as an example. I’m still waiting for Wifey Poo to lay eggs on a rock so I can swim by and fertilize them.
As such, I appreciate zoos. The St. Louis version is good by all national standards and includes the benefit of being free from admission for most things. As a resident of St. Charles County and not St. Louis County, I don’t even have to pay tax dollars to see the zebras and red pandas and lemurs and assorted other exotic creations.
Yesterday, Wifey Poo and I used our weekly date to go to the zoo for a cold-weather visit. Temps were in the upper 30s, at best, and I didn’t expect a lot of the animals to be out and about. Many were. The gorillas, though, were inside. While we were walking toward the indoor viewing area, I noticed some signs on the railings. They asked the human visitors not to annoy or harass the apes, and it gave a phone number that ended in phone letters — K-I-N-D — to report anyone who’s being a jerk.
That such a sign is necessary is a good commentary on the human condition. I mean, these great apes, by virtual of their DNA, are meant to be wild creatures roaming the forests of Africa. We humans have done such a great job fucking up their habitat and killing them for sport and strange ideas of aphrodisiacs and medicine that they’re nearly extinct. The only place 99% of us are every going to see one is in a zoo. … And we’re going to be jerks to them? Really? That’s who we are?
I’ve developed mixed feelings about zoos since COVID. I read a story during lockdown about how the animals in zoos, free from observing humans, were acting differently … more natural … better. They were mating more frequently (bom-chicka-womp-wow) and were generally happier. That makes my presence in a zoo somewhat conflicting for me.
Why? Because I also recognize that zoos raise awareness about conservation efforts and have saved many beautiful creatures from extinction. So there’s that.
But the fact that we need signs to tell us to be, well, good humans? That’s sad.
I went into the indoor ape area. There was a huge silverback just sitting there on the other side of what I assume is pretty thick glass. He turned his gaze to me when I got there, and I sat down by the glass. People who harass animals are similar to the keyboard warriors who troll people online. They’re real brave and funny when they’re separated from that thing that would beat the living crap out of them if the barriers were removed.
I felt bad for the ape. I mean, the indoor enclosure kinda sucks, and at the risk of being a little anthropomorphic, he seemed … sad? Resigned? Indifferent? Barely containing his rage at being humiliated by humans who need a tip line to keep them from being jerks to him? I don’t know.
I sat there awhile and just sorta watched him. Every once in a while, he’d look over, like, “Yup. Still there being a creeper.” But I guess maybe he was OK with that since I wasn’t, ya know, harassing him.
Side note: Have you ever looked at gorilla feet? The rest of the gorilla is really cool and impressive. I am especially proud of my gorilla friend for having such an impressive gut. But ape feet? That thumb-like thing? That just looks weird. I’m telling you that. I would never harass the ape with my opinion.
There were six years in which I thought Boy The Elder would be just “Boy.” Wifey Poo and I had gone through the extremely trying time of losing our first son shortly after he was born in December of 2000, and when BTE came along a few years later, well, that pregnancy was hard. You can’t unknow how fucking cruel and indiscriminate this world can be when it comes to pregnancy once you have to hand the body of your newborn child to a nurse, never to see him again.
There were people who told us that because we’d walked that walk with faith and dignity, we were owed a healthy child. That simply isn’t true. Thanks to that little club we’re in, I’ve seen plenty of people who have gone through the same hell we did more than once.
Every ultrasound was hell. Yes, it was joyous to see our child moving around, to hear his heartbeat, to watch him develop. But the run-up to every ultrasound? Hell. It was at the first ultrasound for Boy The Eldest that we found out something was wrong. That touched off four months of doctor’s appointments, prayers, sadness, slight hope and, ultimately, the end we received.
So have another kid? Do that all over again? No thank you.
Wifey Poo was the first to bring up having another child, and the idea ping-ponged back and forth between us for a little while. I was still in the newspaper industry, the editor of a daily in Minnesota, watching from the front row as the thing I know how to do better than anything else crumbled around me. (Thanks, internet). The thought of bringing another child into that uncertainty seemed nuts.
Worse, I’d started back to school in pursuit of my MBA, planning for my ultimate departure from the newspaper world, but that made things at that moment even more uncertain. I was working 10 hours a day, minimum. I was on call constantly. I would come home at around 7 p.m., eat some dinner with my family, and then head off to do my online classes and projects, which included actual freaking math (ick) and things like statistics and accounting (double ick).
When exactly would I have time to spend with my newborn child? His daddy would be a stranger to him. I couldn’t do that.
Funny how things work out. Less than a year after those thoughts, we rolled into our new Central Missourah Small Town USA, I was no longer in newspapers, Wifey Poo was extremely pregnant. Exactly a month after that day, out came Boy The Younger.
I wouldn’t change a thing.
I say all that to say this: I had no idea what kind of relationship my boys would have. There was seven years between them, and BTE wasn’t exactly thrilled when we’d broken the news that he was going to be a big brother. He wasn’t defiant or angry or anything like that, but he made it known in his own way that he wasn’t sure about this whole big brother thing.
This past week, BTE — now 20, engaged to be married, incredibly intelligent, very logical, very not-emotional and very much a great big brother — called Wifey Poo to ask her what BTY was doing Monday night. She told him he was free. BTE was getting tickets to the Blues hockey game to go with what ultimately turned out to be two of his friends, but the tickets came in lots of 1, 2 or 4. So would BTY be able to go?
The fact that BTE would even think about taking BTY to something like that astounds me. My sister and I haven’t talked in more than a decade, which is a good thing for many reasons. But even when we did, I’m quite sure she never would have thought to invite me to anything, nor I, her.
Yet BTE thought of his brother, and even better, when he talked with the two friends who are going to the game and asked them if they’d be cool with that, both enthusiastically said yes. There’s a reason for that, too. BTY is good to hang around with. He and BTE don’t fight when they’re together, which means they don’t create awkward situations for the people around them. BTY is very much 13, but he’s a respectful, funny kid who can hang with the older boys, especially the older boys BTE has surrounded himself with.
They’re all good kids, though yes, still very much young men/boys who say and do incredibly dumb things. But they’re all good kids, and the fact that my two boys can do things like this together, want to do things like that together … it warms my heart.
It didn’t end there. BTE, his best friend from childhood, his fiance (how weird to type that!) and his cousins all started planning a Friday-after-Thanksgiving visit to the Mizzou football game. Long story short, BTY wasn’t going to go because we didn’t have a ticket for him. He was going to come home with us Thursday after Thanksgiving at Baby Sister-in-Law’s in Columbia, while the rest stayed behind.
BTE wasn’t havin’ it. He talked with Wifey Poo and said he’d feel bad if Jonah was left out like that, and couldn’t we just get him a ticket? So we did.
Last night at dinner, I made a big show of pausing the conversation to ensure that BTY understands and appreciates what he has in an older sibling. I do that because I recognize what it’s like to not have that, and also because BTY is so used to BTE’s kindness that I don’t think he understands how special it is. BTY assures me he does understand that and does appreciate it. I believe he thinks that he does but that he hasn’t looked around enough at other sibling relationships to fully “get” how rare what he and his brother have is.
Listen, I’m not here to say things have always been rosy between the two of them. They haven’t. We once had to stop a young BTY from stabbing BTE in the back with (safety) scissors, and though nothing pops to mind right now, I know there have been times when BTE has suffered groundings for being a jerkface to his brother. They’re brothers, after all, and they spent a lot of time together growing up because of our decision to homeschool.
Yet here they are — one already a fine young man and the other well on his way to becoming the same — and they are amazing together. They constantly think of each other and put the other first. BTY constantly has to be paused from dropping serious bank on gifts for his brother, and he doesn’t quite understand why we’re steering him away from the $70 or $80 or $100 gift he wants to get his bro. Frankly, thinking about it now, neither do I. If that’s a way he wants to show appreciation to his brother and he’s earned that money himself, why exactly am I stopping him from living out his purpose?
Our family has been through a lot. A lot a lot. Yet here we are, and things are … good?
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We are a true-crime family. This is led by Wifey Poo, who, despite the sweet and unassuming exterior, ingests true-crime podcasts and TV shows like they were Pringles. BTE has followed her down that path and, frankly, so have I, though our individual tastes for true crime differ slightly.
Only BTY is so far free from this virus. When Wifey Poo and I sit down to watch a true crime show, he’ll head downstairs with the farewell, “Have fun watching your murder…” It’s quite comical.
The latest case that fascinates us what’s going on in Idaho with the four murdered roommates. Some side notes:
- The town name of Moscow is interesting.
- That the TV station in the area has the call letters KREM is equally interesting. Is that for KREMlin, as in, the government building in Moscow, Russia?
Back to the case: I am obviously in no position to speculate on anything with any sort of authority, and I wouldn’t do so even if I were in such a position. I mean, who am I?
The case is sad and seems to be being handled quite oddly. A 911 call from a roommate who reports only an unconscious person in the apartment, not four people who have been stabbed to death? A police department that first says there is no danger to the public because this was an isolated incident, then walks that back and tells the public to be vigilant? Four people who are said to be stabbed in their sleep but who have defensive wounds?
As someone familiar with crisis communication, how this police department is handling the situation is providing some good examples of what not to do.
I hope they catch the scumbag(s) who did this soon.
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- I want to see how the Idaho thing plays out.
- Mass turkey consumption on Thursday.
- Short work week! Gotta get that holiday pay, yo!
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🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Little D Nears ✈️Familiar Familial Drama 🎭Van O’ Canadians 🍁 My favorite African returns to us tomorrow afternoon. Dieudonne will board a plane from Philly with an escort (not THAT kind … I think, anyway), and land in the STL around 1:15. For the next three or four months, we’ll take…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩TikTok Stupidity 😠Back Woes 😧Improv Friends 🎭 There are increasing number of hours each week in which I have a strong desire to throw every piece of connected technology into the nearest lake and move to wherever I have to go to be as far away from any modern gadget as…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Anniversary Changes 💍Near Death Experience 💀Dreamcatcher Drama 😳 All relationships change over time. Friendships, parent-child, boss-employee, husband-wife … no matter the relationship, the only constant thing is change. My marriage has changed mightily since it began. When Wifey Poo and I said our vows on March 22, 1997, we were –…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Why The Blahs? 😷Anniversary Plans 💍Unpleasant Warnings 🐍 Feeling blah is complicated when you have my medical history. For many people, feeling blah as I’m feeling right now is a clear indication that some sort of illness or infection has invaded the body. But for me — and for many others…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dentist Visit 🦷Basketball Sucks 🏀Found Husband 👨 No one truly likes going to the dentist. I’ve had people push back on me when I’ve said this before, but when I lay out the following scenario, well, it’s pretty much checkmate: “You just had the most well-respected doctor in the world tell…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dumb Gubment 🦅Dawg Party 🐶Flying African ✈️ We as modern Muricans tend to just accept that it’s the gubment’s job to educate our children. Of course, when other countries that aren’t our friends do that, we call it “indoctrination,” but that’s a topic for another day. The topic for today is…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Costly Mortality ☠️Crazies, Unite 🤪Defining ‘Appointment’ 🦷 I’m getting ready to die. Sounds ominous, right? Dramatic? Scary? It’s not. Oh yes, in a certain light, it’s depressing as hell. But what it really involved was a meeting with an attorney that Wifey Poo and I had yesterday to figure out exactly…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Books and Stories 📚SVB Lessons 🏦Basketball Party 🏀 Holy crap, you guys! I actually finished something I wrote! In fact, I finished two somethings I wrote! As my regular readers (hey you three!) know, I’ve been stunk in a funk of starting to write books and short stories with gusto and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Podcast Appearance 🎙️The Birth Control Pill Story 🐶Good Tired 🥱 If you would have asked me a few years ago whether I could ever envision myself on a stage in the back room of a dive bar sharing a story about how my dog ate six months of birth control pills…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Pee Mate 🚽Game Maker 🎲Dumb Muricans 🦅 I have been thinking about death a lot lately, not because I’m particularly eager for it to happen or because I’m particularly not eager for it to happen. I guess it’s because I’m a few months shy of my 49th birthday and please-for-the-love-of-God let…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Dieudonne 🌍Hoops Win🏀Cornhole Roll ✔️ In 2021, during some of the darkest and most difficult times in our lives as individuals and couple, Wifey Poo and I did a thing. It was a big thing. It was a challenging thing. It was an amazing thing. But to say it was just…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩’Full Stop’ 🛑Needles 💉Business Lessons 🧑💼 Here’s something I learned about myself today: One way to ensure that I will debate you on a topic until I give my last breath or until you are huddled in a corner in a fetal position is to end the statement of your opinion…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mindfulness 🧘Mullet Prez 👩🦳Murder Family 🔪 Our brains are amazing things. So adept are they at routines that they can essentially run on autopilot and let you do the everyday stuff like operating a multi-ton object advancing at 70+ mph among lots of other multi-top objects advancing at 70+ mph without…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Bloody Hell 💂Circus Moments 🤡Silence 🤫 OK, people: I’ve got a bone to pick with you. But first, a little digression. What in the bloody hell does that phrase mean? “A bone to pick with you?” That sounds absolutely disgusting. And if you’re wondering why I said “bloody hell,” well, that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩24 Hour Video 😡Rubik’s Kid 🧊Dilbert Doofus 🤪 There are two things I cannot stand in the working world — and in life, in general. The first is people whose lack of preparedness turns ordinary stuff into emergencies. The second is when people criticize the result of something they previous approved.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mormon Billionaires 💰Bigger Packages 🍌Birds Really Aren’t Real 🐦 Can we just get on with blowing the tits off the world with nuclear weapons or something and end this stupid thing we call the human race? Yeah, I know that’s a little dramatic, but when I take a look at the…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Muricah The Evil 🦅You Buy You 💰Big-Ass Van 🚚 I find it rather humorous that Muricah warned China not to send arms to one side of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine … and that we issued this warning with a straight face. I’m quite sure most Muricahns believe their country…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Salve 🩹Car Wash 🚗💧Light Removal 🎄 I try not to venture too often into a Wal-Mart, especially on the weekend. I cling to slim hope for this nation as it is, and I find Wal-Mart trips do not help my grip. Alas, this weekend, Boy The Younger was under the weather…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩CC, BCC, FU 📧Basketball Poll 🏀Andy Rooney 🎙️ This week has largely been a Shit Week marred by Shit People. What are Shit People? They aren’t exactly easy to define, but one hallmark of a Shit Person is his rampant use of the CC function at work to passive-aggressively play power…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chill Day 🛋️Busy Weekend ⚾Halftime 🏈 I’m not working today. Not only am I not working at my day job, I’m not doing any work for my side gig today. I’m not planning on doing much of anything, actually. And I don’t feel guilty about that. This weekend was insanely busy.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Big Pharma Sucks 💊Work Rules 🧑💼Big Weekend 🏈 Spend any time in front of the television and you’ll see ads touting the latest drugs that you shouldn’t take if you’re allergic to and that you most definitely need to ask your doctor about. Now comes a study showing that the people…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Top 5 🎈Symphony 🎻Living Eulogies 💗 Top 5 things overheard in Missourah last week as a purported Chinese spy balloon made its way over the state en route to its rendezvous with an F22’s missile: Despite my high-brow upbringing in Suburbia, New York, I’m not what anyone would call A Symphony…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Space Walk 🧑🚀Bye-Bye Brady 🏈Failure Rate 🐿️ When Boy The Elder was just Boy and devoid of a younger brother, we had a nickname for him: Pokey Joe. BTE didn’t do anything fast, but more than anything, what he did incredibly slow was get out of a car. That would suck…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Raccoons 🦝February 💘Man Nips 🕺 Today I bring you the story of a raccoon who got his balls stuck to railroad tracks. But the reason you think I’m bringing you this story is not the reason I’m bringing you this story. You think I’m bringing the story of the raccoon Neil…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Tyre Nichols 😔Tattoo Day ✒️Nephew Hoops🏀 I was a white kid in suburbia, New York, in 1988 when the gangsta rap group N.W.A. came out with its album Straight Outta Compton, featuring the song Fuck Tha Police. It was scandalous, at the time, to suggest that the police would be anything…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Car Concert 🎵Sick Wife🤒People Suck 🖕 Within the 24 hours in the run-up to Snowpocalypse 2023, the estimates on the Weather Channel app for our snowfall total ranged from 1 to 10 inches. That’s like going to the doctor and being told you have anything from a splinter to terminal cancer.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mission: Failed 👎Ho 🤣Handy Family 👍 It has to suck to work at the Missouri Department of Transportation. Why? It took exactly 75 minutes for all of 2023 to be a failure. Let me explain. Those of you unfortunate enough to have been involved in any sort of corporate planning process…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Houston 🖊️Sad clown 🤡Taco Seasoning 🌮 Houston, Missourah, is not unlike a lot of other rural Missourah towns through which I’ve driven and bears a resemblance to the Small Town USA in which Boy The Elder did a lot of his early growing up and to which Boy The Younger came…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Definitions 📖Missing Bourbon 🥃Mysterious Knocks 😵 I generally abhor any writing that starts with, “Webster’s dictionary defines …” Webster’s dictionary defines “ceiling” as a noun meaning “the overhead inside lining of a room.” The implication is that it’s a limitation, a max, a point of demarcation between what’s out there and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sadness 😥Annoyance 😠Disappointment 😞 When Boy The Elder was Boy The Only in our home, he watched one of the Air Bud movies featuring a basketball-playing dog. Or maybe it was football. Or soccer. By the time that series was over, that dog had played them all. Anyway, whichever Air Bud…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Thor’s Blurry Hammer 🍆Pigeon Delivery 🕊️Idiot List 🤪 Thor is really, really good with his hammer. And by that, I mean that Thor the walrus in Scarborough, England, is really good at masturbating and ruining New Years Eve. If you haven’t heard about this story, stop reading stupid news like politics…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Bruising Basketball 🏀Poke ☝️Six?!? 🔫 I grew up in the NBA era of the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons while loving a New York Knicks team that was, to put it mildly, quite physical. Guys like Steph Curry and LeBron James can makes basketball seem like artistry these days, but give me…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩What There is Like! ⛅’Modern Policing’ 🚨Xylophone Time! 🎵 When you decide to talk about a time in which you truly believe you more-or-less died and saw what comes after this life, you have to be comfortable with the fact that people might think you’re nuts. Hell, talking about it on…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Grace Ashford! 📰Idaholy Shit! 🥔Story of the Year! 🍆 The three most influential people in my life as a journalist are, sadly, all part of the Great Newsroom in the Sky now. Professors Michael Perkins and Bob Woodward (AKA Bob Woodward-Not-That-Bob-Woodward) helped educate me at Drake University, and Lisa Warren was…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Poor Puppy 🐶Romeo and Juliet 🤴👸Meta Mistake 🙊 Disturbing news out of Washington, D.C., today as Republican Congressman-elect George Santos (if that’s his real name) brought a 6-month-old puppy to the house floor and screamed “Hey, look at me!” before slitting its throat and lapping up its squirting blood like a…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩A Pretty Good Rant 😠Tesla Plunge 🚗Missed Lasts 😥 Those of you who regularly read my drivel (I see you, DirtySciFiBuddah) might have become aware of the fact over the past year or so that I am not a huge fan of our world’s modern institutions. All of them might, in…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Incomplete 🕮Frustration 😠Bowl Bust 🏈 To say that I know how to write is like saying I know how to breathe. No one considers that they know how to breathe. They just … breathe. No one is particularly good at breathing or bad at breathing. Again, they just … breathe. I’ve…Keep reading
Welcome to Issue No. 15 of Listicles, the feature that presents the Top 10, Top 5, Top 3, Top 100 or Top 1,000,000 of whatever it is you want to know about. Email your Listicle suggestions to email@example.com. So last year, I had a list of 100 intentions for 2022, and I did fairly well,…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩2023 📅Helping 🧠The Universe 🔭 I’m not much for long-term plans and goals. This isn’t to suggest I don’t think they’re important. I just think that spending a lot of time on them is futile. What’s the saying? Man plans, God laughs. Something like that. Anyway, I’ve learned through experience that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chain Links 🔗”Work” 🧑💼Popular Toys 🧸 After my first son died in December 2000, I spent a lot of time wondering why. Why me? Why Wifey Poo? Why Jacob? Why this level of suffering in a world supposedly created and run by an all-loving, all-knowing, all-powerful God? So I did what…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chiefs! 🏈Indy Tickets 🏎️Bank Visit 💰 When I bought the tickets to the Christmas Eve contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks as a gift for Boys The Elder & Younger, it was sometime in September and temps hovered around 90 degrees. The thought that the game might…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Timelines 👶Extinctions 🌋Sin City 👌 As I fall deeper down the rabbit hole learning more about theories on space and time, the concept of alternative timelines comes up again and again and again. Whether it’s the stuff of science fiction or one day will be proven to be the stuff of…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩’Cousin’ Laughs🎤Improv!?!? 🎭Drake Hoops 🏀 Back when I was a boy, I had a favorite Cousin-Who-Wasn’t-A-Cousin. His name was Joey DeVito, and he was in no way a blood relation to me, though I called his father Uncle Frankie and his mother Aunt Celia. I’m pretty sure this is an East…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Glazed 🍩Bingo! 🖥️Disappearing Christians ⛪ I didn’t intend to bring doughnuts for my co-workers yesterday morning. It just sorta happened. How it happened and how it played out is a window into my weird mind. First, an explanation: I have a card purchased from Boy The Younger that entitles me to…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩STL’s Homeless 😥Snake Hoo-Hoos 🐍That Was Epoch 👴 I found James huddled underneath a blanket as he sat, knees to his chest, head bowed, just outside the doorway of a CVS in the Delmar Loop section of St. Louis. If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s a fun place filled…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Knicks Memory 🏀JBM LLC 🧑🏼💼Brain Drain 🧠 My most memorable interaction with Paul Silas occurred when I was a 17-year-old kid with big dreams of being a sports reporter. I’d talked with Paul before — his wife and Mother Dearest were active in the local Make A Wish Foundation chapter and…Keep reading